Well here we are, less than two weeks away from Boilermaker 40. After four decades, we have the race part down. What remains a challenge is creating a unique experience each and every year. As the race has evolved into a week-long extravaganza, we have many more opportunities to engage our runners. For the big 4-0, we feel that we have created a race with the same Boilermaker charm you’ve come to love with enough surprises to make for a wholly new experience. To share some of these with you, what follows is my feeble attempt at a Dave Letterman-esque top 10.
10 Things to Watch for at Boilermaker 40
- First, download the new (free) Boilermaker mobile app ASAP to stay updated on all Boilermaker events. It also has other great features like Boilermaker selfies, merchandise discounts and much more. This is your handheld guide through Boilermaker week. Big thanks to our app sponsor, Covey Computer Software for this one.
- Look out for the Chobani Homestretch on Court Street, giving you that extra push over the finish line.
- Expo surprises. This will be our biggest and best Planet Fitness Health and Wellness Expo to date. Be sure to check out:
- Drone demonstrations by AX Enterprizes
- Rockin Jump Fun Zone out on the quad
- More food trucks, more vendors, more FREE samples!
- Runner’s Forum including Olympic hero, Erin Hamlin (1:00pm, Saturday)
- Carmella’s Café Pasta Challenge featuring local celebrities competing over the Colander Cup (12pm, Saturday)
- The Unity Mile along mile 2 of the 15k course. This stretch of the race will be packed with individuals and organizations that represent all the reasons why Utica is such a great place including organizations like the Ride for Missing Children and Upstate Cerebral Palsy to name just a few.
- More wheelchairs athletes than ever before. We’ll have over 40 wheelchair athletes this year and the prize money for the division has doubled so you can expect a more intense wheelchair race than ever before.
- American prize money has been doubled so you can expect to see some of the best American distance runners in the country competing for the top spot. The race hasn’t had an American winner since Ed Eyestone in 1991.
- Post-race entertainment is being turned up to 11 with a Showtime/Gridley Paige/Classified “supergroup” sharing the stage with disco diva Maxine Nightingale. You might know Maxine from her hit song, “Right Back Where We Started From” featured prominently in the movie Slapshot.
- Beer and sweaty bodies not your thing but still want to enjoy the post-race party? Check out the Cliff’s Local Market Family Zone on the corner of Edward and Wasmer. No beer allowed here and there will be snacks, refreshments and family-friendly activities.
- Looking for something to do Friday night? Visit the Utica Blue Sox booth at the expo and get a FREE ticket to Friday night’s game against the Oneonta Outlaws.
- Have you heard about the Boilermaker Urban Initiative? If not, you will. The Boilermaker is reaching out into the community in a way it never has before in order to be a year-round change agent for health and wellness. Our website has more information on the initiative and its programs.